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Adoption Home Study Process

American Adoptions is licensed to complete home studies in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.

To ensure you receive the support you need, we have partnered with 1-800-HomeStudy to assist families living in areas in which American Adoptions does not currently complete home studies. Please visit 1-800-HomeStudy for a listing of qualified home study providers in your area. You can also complete the following form to be contacted by trusted providers in your state:


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If you live in Illinois and are interested in working with American Adoptions as your adoption service provider, please complete this form and a specialist will contact you soon.

If you are just beginning to research the ins and outs of adoption and have not yet chose an agency, that is perfectly fine! To learn more, call 1-800-ADOPTION or click here to receive free information on the services American Adoptions offers.

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Adoption Home Study

Adoption Home Study Process

Learn what a home study is and why you need one to adopt a child.

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Home Study Questions and Answers

While adoption home studies vary slightly from agency to agency and state to state, there are several key elements that are almost always included in every home study.

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Home Studies: State by State

Find a qualified professional in your state to complete your home study.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to retain our own attorney?

No, American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. Because adoption laws vary from state to state and between counties, it is important to utilize the services of an adoption attorney who specializes in the state where the adoption will finalize, which is unknown until you match with an expectant mother. You have the right to retain your own attorney, but doing so may be an additional, unnecessary expense.

Can we choose the gender of our baby?

American Adoptions does not allow gender specificity in adoption. Any family who wishes to be gender-specific in their adoption should contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION and ask about the possibility of an exception waiver before taking any other steps toward adoption with our agency. Any families who do receive an exception to be gender-specific may also incur an additional fee, which helps cover the additional advertising costs of such a request.

Please note that gender specificity will likely increase your wait time significantly.

Additional Resources

Adoption Newsletter

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Famous Adoptions

Learn which famous Hollywood actors, sports stars, politicians and other icons have been touched by adoption.

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Adoption Glossary

Do adoption terms and phrases leave you feeling confused? Learn the meaning to key adoption words and phrases with our comprehensive adoption glossary.

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